2015 NFL DRAFT
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Johnny Jolly

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 317 | College: Texas A&M
 
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Overview

The two-time member of the school's Leadership Council was highly regarded by the younger players, who looked up to Jolly because of his competitive nature. A durable athlete, he started his final 35 games for the Aggies. His hard work in the training room earned him Aggie Elite status, as he improved his four-lift total (bench, squat, power clean, leg press) to 1,805 pounds and led the down linemen with a 34-inch vertical jump in 2005.

Jolly was a three-time All-District defensive lineman at Forest Brook High School in Houston. He added District 21-4A Most Valuable Player honors as a senior while helping the team to the district crown in 2000. He recorded 95 tackles as a senior and made 85 tackles as a junior with five fumble recoveries.

Jolly played in twelve games at Texas A&M as a reserve defensive tackle during the 2002 season. The true freshman produced 26 tackles (19 solos), caused a fumble and blocked two kicks. He took over left tackle duties as a sophomore, finishing second on the team with a career-high 95 tackles (54 solos), including two sacks and twelve stops for losses. He deflected nine passes and had five quarterback pressures.

Jolly was used more in run containment as a junior and saw constant double-team action in 2004. His statistics suffered in the process, as he registered only 45 tackles (18 solos) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage and batted away six passes while causing a fumble. He bounced back in 2005, collecting 64 tackles (20 solos) with 4.5 sacks and 11.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Jolly played in 47 games with the Aggies, starting his final 35. He recorded 230 tackles (111 solos) with 6.5 sacks for minus-42 yards, 28 stops for losses of 105 yards and five quarterback pressures. He deflected sixteen passes, caused two fumbles and recovered another. He also blocked a pair of kicks.

Analysis

Positives: Has a very thick frame with natural raw power, thick chest, big bubble and waist, soft stomach, thick thighs and calves and broad shoulders … His frame has room to add more bulk if teams want to utilize him in the two-gap system … Has a quick first step to gain advantage and shows a low charge shooting the gaps, doing a nice job of protecting his feet vs. double teams … Plays with good leverage and has the hand strength to defeat and toss blockers … Physical bull rusher who plays with high energy and aggression … Can make plays up and down the line of scrimmage … When he stays low in his pads, he is very effective pushing the pocket … Makes plays in short pursuit … Has the leaping and timing ability to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage.

Negatives: Struggles in the classroom and has only adequate instincts, as he is late at times making offensive line reads and sensing pressure … Good in short pursuit, but will run out of gas when having to go long distances … Generally plays low in his pads, but is prone to getting high in his stance and letting blockers into his body … Despite his strength, he prefers to be a drag-down tackler rather than punish and collide … Has just adequate lateral range and is best when operating at the line of scrimmage … Rarely shows any rip or swim moves in the pass rush and lacks the explosion needed to chase down the passer.

Jolly has a thick frame with big thighs and calves, wide waist, soft midsection, broad shoulders and a thick chest. While he might not possess gaudy statistics, his strength is his ability to split double teams and plug the middle of the field. He is a high-energy type who plays until the whistle and gets the maximum out of his athletic ability. He is an above average leaper who has had success batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. He is the type of player who will simply maul and dominate a weaker blocker and plays with tremendous aggression.

Jolly has only adequate flexibility and will labor when having to pursue long distances, but he finds ways to defeat blocks and does a good job of staying on his feet when taking on blockers head on. His quick first step lets him gain advantage coming off the snap and he has a decent short area burst to shoot the gaps. He also demonstrates good hand activity to keep blockers off his body.

Jolly fights pressure well, but could be quicker making offensive line reads. When he is able to locate the ball, he attacks it with urgency. He has enough strength to hold ground and seems to relish his role taking on double-team action. He has enough raw power and room on his frame to bulk up even more if a team is looking to shift him to a two-gap system. He plays with above average leverage and while he lacks long speed to chase, he will make plays up and down the line of scrimmage.

Jolly is a disruptive run defender who gets good movement off the ball. His strong hands let him neutralize combo blocks and while he lacks pass rush moves, he proved to be a capable bull rusher. His low center of gravity and thick lower body frame makes it difficult to block or move him off the ball. He shows good effort moving laterally, but runs out of gas when having to operate outside the X's.

With all of his strength, you would expect Jolly to be a punishing striker as a tackler, but he is more of a drag-down type. This could be because he has confidence in his hands to make that play, but slippery runners can escape his initial hit. He will need to lock up better and make more explosive tackles if he expects to contribute full-time at the next level.

Jolly can push the pocket as a pass rusher, but does not have the moves needed to escape blockers and lacks the loose hips and foot speed to chase the quarterback down going long distances. If he can get an edge on a blocker, he can come through the gaps, but he displays only marginal spin and rip ability.

Career Notes

Started his final 35 games for the Aggies … Has the best vertical jump (34 inches) of any A&M lineman, utilizing that ability to block two kicks and deflect sixteen passes during his career … Two-year member of the school's Leadership Council … Earned 4x4 and Aggie Elite status during the Aggies' 2005 offseason training program … Improved his maximum in the 4x4 lifts (370 bench, 591 leg press, 520 squat, 324 power clean) by 36.5 pounds to a total of 1,805.

2005 Season

All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention by the league's coaches … Started all year at left defensive tackle … Finished third on the team with 64 tackles (20 solos), including 4.5 sacks for minus 35 yards and 11.5 stops for losses of 58 yards … Also deflected a pass.

2005 Game Analysis

Clemson … Started, but did not register any tackles … Head to Head Competition -- OG Nathan Bennett.

Southern Methodist … Bounced back with five tackles (3 solos), a 7-yard sack and two stops for losses of 12 yards … Posted a 7-yard sack of QB Jerad Romo in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OG Brad Kieschnick.

Texas State … Delivered four assisted tackles … Head to Head Competition -- OG Luke Horder.

Baylor … Credited with a season-high eleven tackles 93 solos), a pair of sacks for minus 13 yards and three stops for losses of 19 yards … Stopped Paul Mosley for a 6-yard loss on a first-and-goal run on the game's opening drive … Sacked QB Shawn Bell for a 3-yard loss with 1:16 left in the first half and two plays later, on fourth-and-18 from the A&M 43, Jolly again sacked Bell for minus 10 yards … Head to Head Competition -- OG Yancy Boatner.

Colorado … Collected six tackles (4 solos) … Head to Head Competition -- OG Brian Daniels.

Oklahoma State … Followed with seven tackles (6 assists), including one that stopped tailback Mike Hamilton for a 1-yard loss in the third quarter … Earlier in the game, he chased down Hamilton on a 38-yard run with 3:19 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition -- OG Kellen Davis.

Kansas State … Added two tackles and assisted linebacker Archie McDaniel in sacking QB Allan Evridge for an 8-yard loss with 2:54 remaining in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OG Caleb Handy.

Iowa State … Registered six assisted tackles and a pass deflection … Teamed with defensive tackle Red Bryant to stop tailback Stevie Hicks for a 2-yard loss on a run off left tackle at the start of the second quarter … On the next play, he joined linebacker Archie McDaniel in sacking QB Bret Meyer for minus 3 yards … Head to Head Competition -- OG Seth Zehr.

Texas Tech … Had five hits (4 solos) … Head to Head Competition -- OG Manuel Ramirez.

Oklahoma … Matched his season-high with eleven tackles (4 solos) and two stops for losses of 8 yards … On the game's first play from scrimmage, Jolly tackled tailback Adrian Peterson for a 1-yard loss … Midway through the second quarter, he tagged Kejuan Jones for a 4-yard loss on a run off left tackle and on the next play, he assisted defensive tackle Red Bryant in sacking QB Rhett Bomar for an 8-yard loss. Bomar fumbled the ball, but quickly recovered it … Head to Head Competition -- OG Chris Chester.

Texas … Closed out his career with seven tackles and two stops for minus 12 yards … Took down tailback Jamaal Charles for a 3-yard loss on a run off left end midway through the first quarter and then assisted defensive end Michael Bennett in bringing down tailback Ramonce Taylor for minus 6 yards at the start of the second quarter … With 0:51 left in the first half, Bennett and Jolly converged to sack QB Vince Young for a 12-yard loss … Head to Head Competition -- OG Will Allen.

2004 Season

All-Big Twelve Conference second-team pick by the Dallas Morning News, adding honorable mention by the league coaches and Associated Press … Started all year at left tackle, producing 45 tackles (18 solos) with 3.5 stops for losses of 9 yards … Deflected six passes and caused a fumble … Registered 26 of his tackles in the team's final four games … Had six third-down tackles.

2004 Game Analysis

Utah … Opened the season with five tackles, including two that resulted in third-down stops.

Iowa State … Chased down QB Austin Flynn on a 7-yard run in the second quarter on a third-and-2 play, causing a fumble that Flynn recovered at midfield.

Oklahoma State … Posted four solo tackles, stopping QB Donovan Woods and tailback Vernand Morency for no gain on rushing attempts in the first quarter.

Colorado … Only had two tackles, but both came on third-down plays … Also batted away a pass.

Baylor … Followed with three tackles.

Oklahoma … Posted five tackles, assisting safety Jaxson Appel in stopping tailback Adrian Peterson for a 9-yard loss on a rushing attempt during the game's opening drive … Gave QB Jason White fits all day, deflecting four of the Heisman Trophy winner's passes at the line of scrimmage.

Texas Tech … Collected seven tackles and batted away a pass.

Texas … Had a season-high eight hits (4 solos), stopping tailback Cedric Benson for no gain on a rushing attempt during the game's opening drive … Midway through the first quarter, he tackled Benson for a 1-yard loss on a run up the middle.

Tennessee (Cotton Bowl) … Delivered six solo tackles, taking down tailback Gerald Riggs for a 2-yard loss on a first quarter run off right guard and stopped David Holbert for a 1-yard loss on a run up the middle at the start of the fourth quarter.

2003 Season

Earned team Defensive MVP honors … Moved into the starting lineup, finishing second on the team with a career-high 95 tackles (54 solos) with two sacks for minus 7 yards, twelve stops for losses of 37 yards and five pressures … Deflected nine passes … Twelve of his tackles resulted in third-down stops.

2003 Game Analysis

Arkansas State … Began the year with six tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, a pressure and a pass break-up … Stopped Terrence Dunbar for a 2-yard loss on a first quarter run.

Utah … Deflected three passes and delivered nine tackles … Batted away a first quarter third-and-6 pass thrown by Brett Elliott that was intended for Larry Miles, forcing the Utes to punt.

Virginia Tech … Posted another nine tackles (7 solos) and a pressure.

Pittsburgh … Followed with eleven hits (7 solos) and three stops for losses of 9 yards.

Baylor … Totaled nine tackles (6 solos) with two sacks for minus 7 yards, including a 3-yard sack of QB Alex Karas on a third-and-6 play at the start of the second quarter … Finished with three stops for minus 12 yards.

Kansas … Registered seven tackles (6 solos).

Oklahoma … Had a career-high thirteen tackles (8 solos), with two hits coming on third-down plays and one other on fourth down … Had three stops for losses of 10 yards, including two on a drive at the start of the fourth quarter … During that drive, he tagged tailback Kejuan Jones with a 2-yard loss, followed with stopping Donta Hickson for no gain on a third-and-1 run and four plays later on fourth-and-goal, he killed a 14-play, 48-yard drive by taking down Hickson for a 4-yard loss.

Missouri … Made six tackles with a stop for a 3-yard loss, a pressure and a pass break-up.

Texas … Matched his career-high with thirteen tackles (6 solos), taking down fullback Will Matthews for a 1-yard loss on a second quarter run and then stopped QB Vince Young for no gain on a third-and-11 play in the third quarter, forcing Texas to punt.

2002 Season

Appeared in twelve games as a reserve defensive tackle, making 26 tackles (19 solos) with a stop for a 1-yard loss … Caused and recovered a fumble … Also blocked two kicks.

2002 Game Analysis

Pittsburgh and Louisiana Tech … Made three tackles in each game.

Nebraska … Caused a fumble and made a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Missouri … Had a season-high five tackles and blocked a field.

Texas … Blocked a field goal for the second consecutive game and produced three solo tackles.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.07 in the 40-yard dash … 370-pound bench press … 520-pound squat … 324-pound power clean … 591-pound leg press … 34-inch vertical jump … 32 -inch arm length … 10 -inch hands … Right-handed … 10/34 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 5.41-second 40-yard dash. … 8'8" broad jump. … Did not participate in the 225-pound bench press or the vertical jump.

High School

Attended Forest Brook (Houston, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Ron Holmes … Three-time All-District defensive lineman, adding District 21-4A Most Valuable Player honors as a senior while helping the team to the district crown in 2000 … Recorded 95 tackles as a senior and made 85 tackles as a junior with five fumble recoveries.

Personal

Agricultural & Life Sciences major … Son of Phyllis Jolly … Born Johnny Ray Jolly, Jr., on 2/21/83 in Houston, Texas.

 
 
 

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